Warning to travellers on the Laugavegur trek
Hikers advised against fording
Travellers on Laugavegur in South Iceland, the popular highland trek from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk, are warned that water levels have risen in river Bláfjallakvísl, north of Mýrdalsjökull.
Hikers are advised not to attempt to cross the river, as waist-high water levels have been reported. The water discharge is expected to continue increasing over the week-end due to warm weather.
See also the Remarks of a specialist on the Hydrology front page. There is no water gauge at Bláfjallakvísl but the Icelandic Met Office maintains direct communication with people in the area and is updated on the conditions.
This increase of discharge is not related to the increase in seismicity, reported in the Mýrdalsjökull ice-cap recently. It is considered to be the consequence of warm weather and a change in the riverbeds north of the ice-cap.